- Are your employees spending too much time on smoke breaks? Use these five ways to control them!
- Many employers who allow smoking in the workplace often complain about the amount of productivity that's lost because of the frequent smoke breaks employees take. What makes it worse is employees usually want company when they have a smoke. If you're faced with a similar problem in your company, there's a solution. Here are five tips you can use to control the smoke breaks your employee takes.
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- [23 November 2016]
- Experts answer the top six COID questions
- There's a lot of confusion regarding the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Fund (COID). Some employers don't even know that they have to submit their Return of Earnings to the Compensation Commissioner every year. But if you don't, you'll end up incurring harsh penalties. Don't let this happen to you. If you haven't registered for COID, read on to discover the answers to six impo... ››› more
- [22 November 2016]
- 6 Points you must know when paying your COID tariffs
- Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases (COID) is a government body which compensates workers injured on duty.
It protects your workers through you paying your COID tariffs.
Not complying with the COID Act, will lead to penalties and fines
Having said that, here are 6 important points you must know when it comes to paying your COID tariffs: 1. You must submit your statement o... ››› more
- [21 November 2016]
- An employee who's injured while sleeping on the job can still sue you! Here's how to protect yourself
- Let's say you have an employee who's sleeping on the job (on a platform), he takes a tumble, injuring himself badly.
His family vow to sue you for everything you have!
But wait a minute! He was sleeping on the job! How's that your fault?
Unfortunately, it's not as simple as that! They can sue you, and the chances are they will.
So in order to protect yourself, you have to make sure... ››› more
- [20 November 2016]
- Oh no! Jack broke his leg at your client's office! Here are your options when it comes to COID
- Let's assume that you run a cleaning company. And you send Jack, one of your employees, to clean on your client's premises. While doing his work, Jack slips on the stairs and breaks his leg.
Now you're wondering what your options are when it comes to Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Fund (COID).
Read on to find out about the three things you CAN do if a third party is re... ››› more
- [19 November 2016]
- Answers to four of the most frequently asked risk assessment questions
- Have questions about risk assessments? If so, continue reading to discover some of the answers to your questions.
Four answers to your risk assessment questions
Question #1: What's risk assessment matrix?
Answer: Experts at the Health & Safety Advisor say that a risk assessment is the process of estimating and communicating workplace safety risk and deciding whether this risk is a... ››› more
- [16 November 2016]
- Let's test your knowledge... Do you know the difference between a 16.1 and 16.2 appointment letter?
- We speak about them often enough. And by now you should know by law you have a 16.1 and 16.2 appointment. But, do you actually know what the difference is?
Warning! If the DoL finds out you haven't completed this one Health and Safety compliance requirement you'll pay thousands of rands in penalties...
Click here to discover t... ››› more
- [15 November 2016]
- Important liabilities OHS practitioners face in various legal appointments
- A company or an individual may encounter two types of liability. One type is represented by the criminal charges carrying conviction or fines, the second type is represented by the civil claims by damages.
In an analysis for Sheqafrica.com, steam legal consultant Shavanya Subramoney explained the liabilities that OHS practitioners face in various legal appointments and scopes of service.
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- [14 November 2016]
- Avoid shutdown by answering these 4 Health and Safety questions about legal appointments
- Did you know that an inspector from the Department of Labour can rock up on your doorstep, AT ANY TIME, and demand to inspect your premises?
That's right! It's completely your responsibility to provide a safe and healthy workplace for all of your employees. And if you fail to answer any of the inspector's questions, then you'll be in big trouble. In other words, he can SHUT DOWN your business! ... ››› more
- [14 November 2016]
- 3 incident investigation tips you simply cannot ignore!
- When I mention the phrase 'incident investigation' to those who aren't familiar with health and safety lingo, they simply pass it off as a quick check into why the tea lady slipped in the kitchen.
However, you and I both know that incident investigation can be a lot more complicated than that. In fact, it can be both overwhelming and heart wrenching - especially when there are fatalities. We h... ››› more
- [10 November 2016]
- Warning: Don't make THIS mistake when you do safety audits, inspections or risk assessments
- The key to any safety audit, inspection or risk assessment is to be on site and to watch your employees at work. It's the only way you'll get a clear idea of what they do on a day-to-day basis.
But it's easy to make one crucial mistake during these observations.
You may not even know you've made it but if you do, it may throw off all your findings
Here's what you need to avoid if you wan... ››› more
- [09 November 2016]
- Six ways to help you manage contractors in your workplace
- I recently attended a health and safety training course and was taken aback by how many of the delegates had problems with their contractors. As a result, I decided to dedicate todays article to give you some very important methods to help you keep those contractors in line. Let's start with the most important! #1: Make your contractors sign a contract!
Have a contract signed to ensure complian... ››› more
- [08 November 2016]